Ignoring the moral and intellectual shape of the law after Bland: the unintended side-effect of a sorry compromise
Legal Studies, 27, (1), . (doi:10.1111/j.1748-121X.2006.00042.x).
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In this paper, I explore the sanctity of life doctrine and consider the scope of s 4(5) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, a provision designed to give statutory effect to the sanctity principle. Rather than question the intellectual validity of the doctrine, I examine the legal and practical problems created by this limited section. I argue that it necessarily creates dilemmas for medical practitioners, which could only be avoided by a wholesale adoption of the principle. I conclude, therefore, that the provision fails to ensure a coherent moral and intellectual shape to the law
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